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Done Deals: Miazga’s move official; Everton sign another attacker

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Every club in the Premier League is currently scrambling to complete their last bits of business before the January transfer deadline passes (Watch Transfer Deadline Day show live, Monday, 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).

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Some are luckier than others, to have completed their business 48 hours in advance of Monday’s deadline. The PL transfer dealings concluded and officially announced on Saturday are as follows…

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20-year-old defender Matt Miazga moved to Chelsea from New York Red Bulls, for a reported fee of $5 million

25-year-old Senegalese striker Oumar Niasse moved to Everton from Lokomotiv Moscow, for a reported fee of $19 million

24-year-old Tuinisian midfielder Wahbi Khazri moved to Sunderland from Bordeaux, for a reported fee of $13 million

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28-year-old Spanish midfielder Mario Suarez moved to Watford from Fiorentina, for a reported fee of $5.7 million

20-year-old German midfielder Serge Gnabry returned to Arsenal after having his loan to West Bromwich Albion cut short

22-year-old English striker Patrick Bamford moved to Norwich City from Chelsea, on loan for the remainder of the season

UEFA Champions League roundup: Monaco survives Arsenal, Atleti tops Bayer in PKs

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Just two slots remain in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals after Monaco and Atletico Madrid made sure France and Spain were twice represented in the next round.

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One match featured a tense PK shootout while the other never got to extra time thanks to an incredible final-moments save from a Croatian goalkeeper.

AS Monaco 0-2 (3-3) ArsenalRECAP

The Gunners are going to be rightly hailed for their spirit in Tuesday’s near comeback, but there’s a bigger question to haunt Arsenal supporters: “What if our club didn’t take Monaco lightly in leg No. 1?”

Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil both keyed a strong Arsenal attack, with the Frenchman and Aaron Ramsey providing goals in what could’ve been a storied comeback had they found one more. Danijel Subasic made a simply marvelous save on Giroud late, with the ball as close to crossing the goal line as possible before being slapped away.

And the Premier League’s last hope in Europe this season is City overcoming a 2-1 deficit to Barcelona.

Atletico Madrid 1-0 (1-1) Bayer LeverkusenRECAP

source: AP Once Mario Suarez put the two clubs on level terms with a deflected first-half goal, Bayer basically started playing for penalty kicks.

That backfired, and maybe Atletico’s aggression at trying to find the match-winner translated to their confidence in the shootout despite a pair of misses. Fernando Torres got the winner as his Spanish career is going a bit better than his recent stints in Italy and England.

And the Bundesliga’s hopes for a pair of German teams in the quarters rest with Borussia Dortmund after Bayer’s penalty kicks went nowhere near the plan. Airmailed kicks joined an awful flubbed shot down the middle, and Atlei needed conversions from just three players to win it.

Barcelona vs. Manchester City, 345pm ET — Barca leads 2-1
Borussia Dortmund vs. Juventus, 345pm ET — Juve leads 2-1

Atletico Madrid 1-0 (1-1) Bayer Leverkusen: Torres gets winner in gripping PK shootout

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Last season’s runners-up needed a win to advance in the UEFA Champions League, and Atletico Madrid’s 1-0 advantage after 90 minutes forced extra time with visiting Bayer Leverkusen at the Vicente Calderon on Tuesday.

There was tension, but not a lot of opportunity between the two sides (especially once Mario Suarez evened the score 1-1 on aggregate). penalty kicks changed that.

Atletico moved to 1-3 in UCL PK shootouts, while Bayer falls to 1-1. They can thank Turkish defender Omer Toprak, who had the goal deflect off him and then missed this side’s third PK attempt of the shootout.

Six of eight UCL quarterfinal berths are decided, with Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, AS Monaco, Porto and Bayern Munich all through.

Borussia Dortmund vs.Juventus and Barcelona vs. Manchester City round out the Round of 16 on Wednesday.

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source: APAtletico hit its first obstacle in the 23rd minute, as an injury forced veteran goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya off for 22-year-old Slovakian backstop Jan Oblak. The backup would prove more than able in a match that came down to kicks.

Mario Suarez returned the match to even footing with Atletico’s first shot on target of the night, a clearance off a free kick play that deflected off the foot of Toprak. It was 1-0 on the night, and 1-1 overall.

Leverkusen spent the majority of the first half hemmed in their own end. When they did counter, Oblak was aided by his quick defense, particularly Joao Miranda.

The second half found two sides playing quite different. Bayer sat back and counted on their team defense and keeper Bernd Leno, while Atlei looked happy to press for the goal that would end it.

Despite the addition of Fernando Torres to the fold in the 81st minute, the match went to extra time, where Stefan Kiessling’s cheeky shot through a defender’s legs bounded wide of the goal.

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source: APA tense 15 minutes of extra time gave way to the break, leaving the clubs another 15 minutes away from the cruelty of a shootout. Leno made a two-handed stop on an in-tight shot from Arda Turan shortly after play resumed in extra time.

Raul Garcia airmailed the first PK, and Atletico was instantly in a hole. But only for a time, as Calhanoglu hit a weak ball down the middle that Oblak stopped easily. It was one of the worst PKs you’ll see.

Antoine Griezmann suffered no such problem, scoring before Rolfes equalized to make it 1-1 after two sets of shooters. Mario Suarez scored a borderline unstoppable goal before Toprak put a poor attempt over the bar. But Leno dove low and right to thwart a good shot from Koke. Wow!

Castro scored on Bayer’s next attempt to level things at two going into the fifth takers. Torres sent a beauty into the goal, and Oblak was on the clock to deal with Kiessling, who sent it over the bar.


Atletico Madrid: Moya (Oblak, 23′), Juanfran, Miranda, Gimenez, Jesus Gamez, Cani (Raul Garcia, 46′), Mario Suarez, Koke, Turan, Griezmann, Mandzukic (Torres, 83′).

Goal: (Suarez, 27′)

Bayer Leverkusen: Leno, Hilbert, Toprak, Spahic, Wendell, Bellarabi, Castro, Bender (Papadopoulos, 105′), Son (Rolfes, 77′), Calhanoglu, Drmic (Kiessling, 70′)

Atletico’s Mario Suarez suffers “traumatic brain injury” in Wolfsburg friendly

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Atletico Madrid midfielder Mario Suarez was taken to the hospital following what the club has announced as a “traumatic brain injury.”

The 27-year-old went up for a header and collided with teammate Cristian Ansaldi in the 21st minute, leaving Suarez unconscious on the ground.

The club said he had regained consciousness upon his removal from the field on a stretcher, and will be kept for the time being as more tests are taken.

Video of the incident can be seen here, or here, and it appears that when Ansaldi goes up to challenge Wolfburg’s Ivica Olic for a header, Ansaldi’s hip bone or rear end clatters Suarez in the head.

The club then announced that Suarez had undergone a CT scan and will stay in the hospital in Germany for observation instead of returning to Spain with the team.

A very scary image is used as the article header for this Spanish story of the incident, as Suarez is lying on his back looking quite unconscious with concerned teammates overlooking.

Suarez made 17 La Liga appearances last season as well as five in the run to the Champions League final. The club is looking to repeat the wild success they had last year, but without a few key pieces.

The match with Wolfsburg, which they won 5-1 thanks in part to Mario Mandzukic’s first goal with his new club, was their final tune-up before the Spanish Super Cup against Real Madrid, which starts next Tuesday.